Iko Iko, Walkin' Blues, Candyman, Queen Jane Approximately, Althea, Blow Away, Cassidy-> Deal China Cat Sunflower-> Crazy Fingers-> I Know You Rider-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Space-> The Wheel-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> Believe It Or Not-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Black Muddy River
Aud CM-> DAT-> CDR-> EAC w/correct offsets using Secure Mode w/C2 (Plextor UW)-> SHN (MKW); encore is different AUD source; see notes in info file; via Andy Hayum with thanks to Ken Doughty, Karen Lutz Benbrook
September 30, 2016 Subject:
Spent My Honeymoon there
Drove out from Colorado!!! What an amazing time went to all three shows...... Magical!!!!!!!
May 17, 2015 Subject:
Shut it and listen...
To all the so called "audiophiles/tapers" Yes, Bose sucks.. Move on and "Listen To The Music Play."
IKO opener w/Brent on keys.. 'Nuff said...
March 4, 2015 Subject:
A Glad I took The Chance Show
We didn't know if there would be tickets but we fired up my Sunshine Daydream yellow Toyota and headed north from Glendora anyway. .......Arriving at Laguna Seca, we were informed that tickets were available, complete with camping, for the entire weekend. We were so topped!!!!!!! This recording definitely documents that experience.
December 31, 2014 Subject:
not actually that distorted at all
Re: Schumster's review and others - Bose headphones have distortion built in. They are your problem. The whole Bose sound is based on built-in bass EQ that presents unrealistic sound and greatly magnifies any minor problems in the lower frequencies. I'm listening to this fileset on Sennheiser headphones which are engineered flat frequency response and it sounds basically fine.
TL;DR: Bose sucks.
Show is one of the best of '88 which is saying almost nothing. It is one of the least interesting, flattest years in the canon; most shows are cleanly performed but lack the fire of the better '87 shows or the creativity of '89. My 4 star rating is relative to the era.
China > Crazy > Rider is a nice idea and the parts are well enough done but the transitions are abrupt & the second one is practically a train wreck.
However the Playin' jam is the best single-song performance of the year by approximately fifteen orders of magnitude. It's a legit jaw-dropping psych-rock mini masterpiece. WTF Grateful Dead?!?!?!
December 22, 2014 Subject:
Sadly I was unable to get past Cassidy as my Bose headphones were distorting badly even at low volume. Word to the wise - distortion blows speakers not high volume.
Reviewer:Jamie In The Hills
July 30, 2013 Subject:
25 Years Later
I can't believe it's been that long. I was barely 15 and 300 miles away from home. I have so many snapshot memories of the 29th and 30th, my second and third shows. I guess I was lucky to be there. I would go on to see them 85 more times, but there will always be a special place in my heart for Laguna. I even kept the tickets.
July 29, 2013 Subject:
Best Playing of the modern era
The playing in the band on this, from So Many Roads, is worth the download alone. By far my favorite since the 70s.
August 9, 2011 Subject:
Phil's bass at 3:30 - 3:35 of the playing in the band is why i love the grateful so much. They are the only band that can pull that kind of magic.
June 30, 2011 Subject:
Took me years to find this tape... I drove up from PHX for these shows and remember getting my mind blown by the Playin... I was just bopping around on the hill taking a break from being in the front and then BAM! Utter Playin CHAOS! That was wild. After a few years I wasn't sure if it really happened. Thank God for archive.org.
March 22, 2011 Subject:
Believe it or Not
Believe it or not, I just came to listen to Believe it or not. Actually, this turned out to be an enjoyable show. Great Queen Jane in the first set and the whole first half of the second set is just stellar. Also, well, Believe it or not which is a gorgeous tune that just didn't get enough play.
November 2, 2010 Subject:
if there is a better Playing in the Band of the latter era (1979-95) Dead than this, i would love for someone to point me in the direction of it.
This could seriously make you loose ALL your marbles stone cold sober...
June 14, 2010 Subject:
Good show but...
Recording is distorted. End of Blowaway has a lot of low end distortion. Sounds a bit ugly.
June 11, 2010 Subject:
Its all good
Folks need to remember there was no authorized taping allowed at these shows. With that said I love my copies. The whole China Cat>Crazy Fingers>Rider still gives me goose bumps. The Give Me Some Lovin was the capper for me having made the trip down from Missoula. Phil steady dropping bombs, not to metion the machine gun fire in the background. Great shows.
March 27, 2010 Subject:
just don't hear it
I've listened to this one a bunch of times but I just don't get why everyone is praising it so highly. Sound quality? Clear for sure but way too much bass drum and Brent, and a big hole in the midrange. Setlist? Great, never miss a Crazy Fingers and this is a good one...apart from the transition between the intro and first verse, which is almost painful. The Playin' is beautiful chaos. Otherwise, I just hear another OK late-80's show. What am I missing?
Don't get me wrong, my love & respect for the boys is not in question, and I'm not expecting 69-77. I appreciate having all of this wonderful music available, and I'd give anything to be back at another show -- even this show. I just don't understand why so many believe this one to be so exceptional.
February 13, 2010 Subject:
Touch Of Grey
They shot the video May 9, 1987, not in 1988.
January 29, 2010 Subject:
I was at all 3 of these awesome shows and they left me speechless a full 5***** show DA KINE......I do believe that they shot videos that weekend if memory serves me "Touch Of Grey"?
December 30, 2009 Subject:
I grew up hearing my dad play the dead, but i never quite got it. As i got older, my mind developed quite an appreciation for the music. In time i have come to love the dead, i would go so far as to say that the music has improved my overall quality of life. I was born in 88, so sadly by the time i began to really listen to the dead Jerry had already passed away. I've seen Bobby and Phil and plenty of covers, but i know i'm still missing out. Even though i never got to see a show, i have to be grateful that we have recordings like this. I'm grateful that there are good quality audience recordings like this one that allow guys like me the chance get the feeling of being there. As for the debate over quality, well i have to say it sounds great to me, i've definately heard crisper AUD recordings, but this is def a solid recording. Thank You for sharing this and allowing someone like me the chance to escape to a place i never could have been otherwise. Thanks.
October 17, 2009 Subject:
anyone who has any complaints on mp3 conversion...lossless needs to go make a phat peanut butter and jelly sandwich and thank the vapors that this even exists. I live right up the road from Laguna Seca, and was'nt at this show. Sweet. thankyou whoever pulled this off and delivered a crisp gift. Bruce in Salinas
Reviewer:Comes a Time
August 13, 2009 Subject:
Gotta Love Monterey
I was at all three shows campin out. Good times and a great show. Playin' is a definite audio fractal if there ever was one. CHeck it out. Brent also broke out "Gentlemen start your engines" on Sunday I believe. All in all a great trifecta of days.
July 29, 2009 Subject:
Converting lossless to lossy
"Can anyone tell me why some uploaders do not want
their shows/music to be converted to Mp3 format?
Please try to give easy explanation. Thanks"
The issue is that seeders do not want their lossless source to be re-seeded as an mp3 lossy source. I convert to mp3 for personal ipod use only.
July 28, 2009 Subject:
Agree with those that question the kind of source this is. However, disagree with all the praise about the quality. To my ears it's distorted - too much clipping.
Beyond that, some good stuff. But 1988 . . . just can't get into it, as a whole. Lacks the energetic sparkle of '87 and the incredible 'reniassance' vibe of the best of '89. '88 to me is about breaking in the new songs and otherwise pretty much just mailing it in.
This show does exceed expectations, though.
June 3, 2009 Subject:
Good .mp3 stream, crappy .shn files
The mp3 version sounds pretty good, but when I downloaded the .shn files, almost every song has massive distortion. Sounds like the recording levels maxed out in several spots in the source recording. If you stream the .mp3, it is a good "Audience" recording, but a little distorted and overloaded in spots. Good performance from 'da Boys.
May 19, 2009 Subject:
playin in the jam
yea--the playing in the band absolutely dissolves into perfect chaos. as avant as anything. ever. too bad David Murray or Ornette Coleman weren't sitting in on this one.
April 2, 2009 Subject:
2nd set, set the tone
Awesome power and clarity in this recording is phenomenal considering the vast open air venue.
PLAYING IN THE BAND at one point reaches complete and utter CHAOS
January 17, 2009 Subject:
Again the power of phil
Doesn't really matter SBD or Aud.. It is here and it is good. Phil drops bombs all over this one.. Add it too your collection.
December 28, 2008 Subject:
the best aud ever
we cant have boards but we can have this peace of the bolt to keep.Great set list and gig but the sound just cooks it give the taper a medal for this one i dont do reviews normaly but had to comment on this,I have been searching for a good aud and this is the very best.top stars
Could be the best?I have to go listen to the Saratoga 85 again but I think this just bumped it.Thanks for the lead.
December 12, 2008 Subject:
Throw on the Headphones, Play it Loud!
Just listening to the China>Crazy>Rider.
I've heard this before.... always seemed disjointed to my ears.... until now.
Listen to PHil and the drums rumble their way into China Cat. They never let up.
Every verse of Crazy Fingers is handled with more confidence than most any anywhere; find another Crazy Fingers where the entire band NAILS the words and music!
The meaningful jamming is not based in length, but substance (Grateful Dead time). Check out how Phil and the drummers just lock in and stand the band upright in their psychedelic grooves.
This is a mean show, and I mean down and dirty. Phil owns here, and the band is overpowering. Consider how much higher is the energy of this concert above the usual, and that's the mellow side. They peak sharp and strong again and again. Get it!
October 16, 2008 Subject:
Can anyone tell me why some uploaders do not want
their shows/music to be converted to Mp3 format?
Please try to give easy explanation. Thanks
September 12, 2008 Subject:
Obviously a SBD, and a nice one at that. Five million stars.
September 11, 2008 Subject:
This is a SBD with an audience recording patches
I've had this in my Dead collection since 92. This is a SBD recording with audience audio patches. Def not a 100% audience recording. I'm glad it's labled an audience recording so folks can still download it and not just stream it.
August 15, 2008 Subject:
Not a Healy FM
Opening one of the decoded tracks in Cool Edit, then switching to spectral view, shows frequencies consistently going into the 22.05 khz range, rather than peaking at 16 khz as you would expect for an FM. I tested this out by opening up a confirmed Healy FM (not knowing if it's possible to tweak an FM signal above 16 khz) and it clearly peaks at 16 khz. So the mystery continues...
Either way, this is one helluva recording.
July 5, 2008 Subject:
Wow. A gem in an off year. And one of the best quality AUDs out there
May 30, 2008 Subject:
The sound quality of this recording is killer for an audience, as good if not better than many of the soundboards here. Some memorable moments China>Crazy>Rider is a highlight, as is the Sugar Mag. One of the few Drums>Space that has kept my attention and a beautiful encore with Black Muddy River. Overall 5 star sound quality, 4 star show. Great for the late '80s.
March 18, 2008 Subject:
Wow...1st half of second set kicks ass
The China>Crazy>Rider>Playin is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Really a beautiful sequence, played with love and special attention by the band. It makes this show a real keeper for me.
November 28, 2007 Subject:
The Day I Discovered That LOVE Truly Exists!
Camped out all three days and went to all three shows. The all-night jams and dancing in Jerry-Ville - INCREDIBLE! I Wish To Thank the twin girls who led me from my seething hatred into the Everlasting Arms of the Godess up on the hill in the field after the show on 7-29-88... Thanks to all my friends who put up with my sexual energy in the Winebago trip back to Oakland (and sorry, dude about my inability to keep from seducing your girlfriend!). MUCH LOVE TO EVERYONE! This Was A Show To Remember! The Wind Actually blew the sound around at times (I'll see if this recording catches that!) --- Jerry F.
September 4, 2007 Subject:
amazing energy at this show! remember the fog like it was yesterday, can feel the mist on my face!
July 29, 2007 Subject:
Holy Cow!!!! Believe it or Not..................
Top Secret aud sound quality--China>Crazy>Rider!!!! I just happened upon this one---it is a GO!!! Hey Seattlehead---I live up in Twisp in the Methow Valley--just got back from Fremont-Ballard 10 minutes ago---Howdy!
July 23, 2007 Subject:
Had to give it a 5. Agree with others -- sounds like a board. But the 5 is as much for the playing (and the playin') as it is for the sound. This show sings. There's a reason it's been downloaded almost 30,000 times. ENJOY!
May 22, 2007 Subject:
My first show!
Thank you for having this show available here. I went to Laguna Seca 88 for my first Dead experience. This was my first show. I camped and caught all three shows at the venue. Great show, great three shows. I was changed forever. Been there, done that, got the tattoo. Bobby was wonderful, screaming. Jerry was God, brilliant guitar and vocals. Brent's Hammond was moving. Phil delivered thunderous bass. Bill and Mickey were awesome. Loved the show, and thrilled to find a copy this clean. Again, thanks!
January 11, 2007 Subject:
Two words for the taper - okay, six :-)
" T H A N K Y O U ! "
" W H A T I S Y O U R S E C R E T ? "
January 1, 2007 Subject:
This show has an excellent recording and great setlist. I don't usually save aud. recordings but this is a great sounding show. Please do yourself a favor and get this one!
December 27, 2006 Subject:
is this really a aud recording ??????
this show sounds really good for a aud download now
well worth it for the quality and its an excellent show too
7-30-1988 is also just as good
December 14, 2006 Subject:
i heard this althea on a grateful dead hour in 1995, and it rocked me. later i realized that i'd taped only the last bit of it, and didn't know which show it was from. thanks to the grateful dead hour site, and archive, i now know where to go to find my favorite althea of all time. jerry's playing in the last guitar solo is off the charts. i've not heard any other althea where he evokes such pain & loss in the end jam. otherwise, this show sparkles for the delicate & spooky crazy fingers.
July 23, 2006 Subject:
This was one of my first tapes I ever got, right after 5-8-77, 4-15-78, and a mixed tape of the Fillmore 69 run. Anyway...
A friend of mine was there and allways spoke of how Phils bass felt bouncing off everyone's bodies. You can tell hearing this that it's no joke.
This is definately not a SBD, you can hear people talking BUT the presence of all the instruments is so out front it sounds very much like a matrix to me ( which personally I think make for THE best sounding Dead mixes ).
Whatever, one of the best 80's shows by far and probably the best playing jam after 74.
June 29, 2006 Subject:
Download this Aud
Sound is great on this - some have claimed it may be a soundboard, but either way it is well worth the download.
The one time china>fingers>rider is worth the download alone, but the Playin also stands out, as well as the dark and deep space, which sounds like a plane crash towards the end.
This was the first time I'd heard Believe it or Not, and I'd like to hear that one some more.
June 29, 2006 Subject:
I Needed A Miracle
We got to this show, with tickets supplied by a local FM radio station. This Friday afternoon concert had no openers and a smaller crowd. More than enough room for everybody.
The first set was comprised of Grateful Dead standards. The second set is one for the books. China Cat>Crazy Fingers>Rider sandwich was never heard again. Believe it or Not was a new Hunter-Garcia song. This Playing is on the So Many Road BOX SET.
There were no more Laguna Seca shows after 1988. Idiots, who camped in a US ARMY firing range, got the Grateful Dead banned by the county parks commission. Thanks, a$$holes.
This could be one of Healy's low power FM "in house" recordings if it isn't a board tape.
Don't complain about the minor defects here. The Laguna seca 87 audience tapes are nothing but distortion peaks, from the beginning to the end...
June 28, 2006 Subject:
Just finished listening to this and its a keeper for sure. I'm rating this a 5 to compensate for another one of "jboyaquar" idiotic reviews.
April 18, 2006 Subject:
Great sounding AUD except for the peaks that get a wee bit distorted. I remember this AUD floating around before the internet days, minus the distorted peaks.
January 13, 2006 Subject:
Worthy mostly for the 1st half of the Second Set
1st Set: A steadying "Iko" marches us into a three day stand in Monterey? Where is this location in relation to...? A minimalist little stuck in the muck "Walkin Blues." Brent's hammond makes up for the stickiness. Boy, those drummers sure are pronouncing their instruments during "Candyman." Some nice notes, but adds to the 'dazy' feel of show. "Queen Jane" is tired and Bobby's singing is shoddy. "Althea" is consistent to the show, that is to say, deliberate drumming and professional playing lacking that 'spark.' Despite Brent's best efforts during the coda of "Blow Away" this feels bland. Where's the harmonizing help? "Actually, I think we take longer now between songs than we did at the beginning, what do you think? (Phil) Wow, yes, lower Brent's mic at beginning of "Cassidy." Standard performance til the static-y final build towards the climax in early 6's...its chaos fits the increasing cresendo so it does compel. "Deal" fits the mold for a decent set-closer. It's dirty and not amazingly tight but gets the job done.
2nd Set: Who could deny a "China" offering? The song works but the transition to jammy is filled with small mistakes and awkward timings. The jam remains on a noodling level because the intent is to venture into much different territory, "Crazy." Jerry's voice sounds too loud, but some lovely end notes precede the dissembling as they allow Jerry to introduce a path back on "Rider"'s road. They could have milked the intro longer, but oh well...it's a strong version. Concluding nicely, they translate into a Phillerific "Playin." Yes to total 'funhouse' breakdown during the seven and eights which come off as twisted as discombotulating film techniques of late sixty films. Total Acid-fuck. Reprise starts up around 9:20., and it's a full turn-around dissolving into "Drums." ("Reprise" should have been more triumphant.) Anyways, "Drums/Space" are a congrous worthy experience until the notes ground themseleves for "The Wheel." Not a rocker, Jerry directs this version to more thoughtful levels, the depths of which I hold to your discretion. "Gimme" has momentum but someone's guitar is screeching. "Believe" is just fine. "Sugar" ain't much better due to lyric gaffes and a lack of pacing.
Tonight we encore an appropriately sticky-resigned, "Black Muddy."
2 4/5th stars, would have been 2 4/5ths without 'Rider' and 'Playin'
A really sweey show with some smokin' jams. Also, "Believe It Or Not" which was not played that often is nice to hear. I will say that the song alot like "Wake Up and Go Home". The only down fall of this recording is that it is taped too loud and heavier jams get distorted. All in all if you can get by that it is a good show.
September 11, 2005 Subject:
It was hot
I'm so glad that I have found this show. It was so freakin' hot and dusty that I watched the second set from a hill over looking the venue. Couldn't believe that they tossed Crazy Fingers between China Rider. Out of my mind. Outstanding show.
May 11, 2005 Subject:
Happy birthday to me
This was my 21st birthday show. Of course the 2nd set pre-drums was all for me. And half the P.A. went down during Drums as Healy dropped the octave at the same time Mickey laid into Home Plate. Very funny to watch Dan waving at the soundboard, and Mickey out of his drunken skull paying absolutely no attention. And this recording appears to be a SBD.
May 10, 2005 Subject:
This is an incredible aud...if it really is an aud! yeah, this is nice. If you dont get this show Im gonna set yo tail on fyio.
April 7, 2005 Subject:
I can't believe this show is not more heavily downloaded and hyped.
The pre-drums part of the 2nd set is out & out destruction. Granted, first set is rather stock as is the post-drums, but c'mon people, this has the most wicked 40 minutes of music the dead did in 1988. Without question, 5 stars.
Reviewer:shed your skin
February 5, 2005 Subject:
This is by far the best audience tape ever!
Without a doubt in my mind, I can confidently say there is no way this is an audience...This is patched straight from the soundboard! Its crystal clear! Of course, I have yet listened to the show in its entirety, but rather felt I needed to inform the public of this gargantuan error, upon hearing the first notes of Iko; which I might add is both colorful, and playful. The Playin from this show appears on disc 4 or 5 of the So Many Roads box set, and truly is awe-inspiring. See for yourself.
November 14, 2004 Subject:
Men from the Boys...
I was standing next to John Barlow at the soundboard when the band went into Playing... right toward the end of it Barlow looked at me and said, "This will seperate the men from the boys!"
November 11, 2004 Subject:
My birthday show as well. Really amped playing, especially in the pre drums.
November 5, 2004 Subject:
the real gem of this show is Playin , short but insane!!
Source: PCM Soundboard; Sony L-750ESX-HFB Dynamicron EXCELLENT SUPER HIFI VIDEO CASSETTE-> Sony SLO-1800 STEREO VIDEOCASSETTE RECORDER-> Sony PCM-601ESD DIGITAL AUDIO PROCESSOR-> SP/DIF-> Mytek Stereo 192 Sample Rate Converter-> Upsampled to 44.1kHz/24bit-> SP/DIF->RME FIREFACE 800-> FireWire 400-> Lenovo K450e Desktop PC-> WaveLab 6.11; Editing and Mastering by Jamie Waddell in Wavelab 7.1; Track, FLAC and Pack by John Wenzel; 16 bit 44.1kHza project **GEMS** Betamania Release 2016-10-17